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Half term badgework

As you know we are working on the global issues badge this term. There are some parts of the badges that are not easy for us to cover in pack meetings so we would like you to do them at home.


  • Find out about an international charity; what do they do and why is it important? Your chosen charity could support global issues such as water and sanitation, poverty, refugees and disaster relief.

How to do it:
Discover a charity that supports global issues – could be something like Oxfam, Save the children, Shelterbox, Water Aid, Red Cross, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Human Relief Foundation, or another international charity that you know. We don’t just want to see a cut and pasted Wikipedia entry so give us a page of information including the logo, where they are based, what countries they are active in (pick 5 if there are more), what they focus on (pick 2 activities), what can be done to help (more than just donate money hopefully – lots of charities have awareness raising activities or sections for children on their website)


  • Identify five belongings of yours that have come from other countries. Point out the countries on a map.

How to do it:
Country of origin information is easiest to find on food packaging, particularly fresh food. Look around your kitchen to find 5 items of food that have not come from the UK. List them on our form and decide which has come the furthest. Once we get all the answers in we’ll see who has the most travelled food and plot them on a map for all to see.
Enter your 5 items listing the shop, item and its source, e.g. “Tesco fresh sweetcorn from Senegal”. You can find out distances to distant countries on this website. The “bird fly” distance in miles is the one that we want.

Don’t forget that we are meeting in half term – check My Scout for the details. While you are there don’t forget to check the events that are currently open for booking.

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Welcome to the spring term 2018

Welcome to the Spring Term 2018
I hope that you had a great Christmas and are now looking forward to a new term at Parbrook Cubs. As usual we have been working behind the scenes to plan a packed programme of activities to get us through to Easter. We’ve also got 11 nights away planned between now and the end of the year.

So what have we got planned for this term?

  • Badgework – we will be working on the environmental conservation and global issues badges which are two that we haven’t worked on before. Don’t forget that you can check your personal progress with badges on My Scout
  • Visits – we try to get out and about when we can. This term we have our rescheduled visit to Pets at Home, we’ll be visiting Horsham station as part of a programme of work with Southern, we have 2 chances to explore the woods in the dark and we hope to revisit Brinsbury for another session of lambing live. We also hope to have a number of visitors coming to see us to help with our pack meetings this term.
  • Nights away – we advertised our night away at Runways End last term and already have 18 of the 20 places filled. We are also grateful to the parents who will be coming with us.

You can download our one page programme which is ideal for sticking on your fridge to remind you what is coming up this term.

Pack meeting – 16 January
As part of our week looking at disasters we want to make shelters in the hall. We’d like those of you that have bedding rolls to bring in the groundsheet and cord that you use so that we can use it in the activity. We’ve put a reminder in the online programme.

Minimising e-mails
We do all that we can to keep you informed about what is happening at Parbrook Cubs. Communication is important to us but we know that everybody gets loads of e-mails and us adding to the load doesn’t always mean that our messages will be read. We still prefer e-mail to paper notes but try to keep our e-mails to a minimum. There may be important messages that you need to know but you can easily check for yourself. Jacala works hard to keep the website up to date and you can get our programme in your calendar, e.g. on google calendar (just add our .ics files – see website for the links). The same information is available if you log on to My Scout and check the programme tab. If you are not sure how to do any of these things then do please ask. The e-mail version of this note will include a link to the My Scout programme to get you started.

We’re social
Parbrook Cubs is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each has its own purpose and you can find out more by reading the social media page on the website. We get good feedback from our instagram posts which tend to pop up during pack meetings or our camps so that you can see what we are doing.
Did you see our 2017 best 9 on Instagram? They are the pictures that got the most likes in the year but scrolling back through the feed gives a good insight of what we have been doing. We have certainly been busy. We’re grateful to all of you that helped us with our activities last year and hope to see you at more of our events in 2018. If you’d like to help but aren’t sure how then have a look at the “not just kids stuff” section of our join us page.

Nights Away
Our camps and sleepovers are important to us and with 32 Cubs in the pack we hope for record attendances this year. Our online calendar already has our camp dates listed and they will appear in My Scout events when they are open for booking. For now do make a note of the dates for the rest of the year as we already have 11 nights away planned:  8-10 June, 12-18 August and 21-23 September.
As usual we are always looking for extra adults to come and enjoy camp with us. If you want to stay overnight then you’ll need a Scouting DBS so do let us know in plenty of time.
For those on our guest list for Runway’s End it is now time to pay the balance of your camp fees. We will shortly be sending out joining instructions at which time you will need to complete our online health form as usual.

Easyfundraising
We have just received the quarterly donations for July to September 2017 which added another £42 to our total raised in the year, taking it to £209 so far. Our income from Easyfundraising looks to be down this year which is unfortunate as we want to use the money to replace one of our tents this summer. Our blue tents were bought in 2011 and have had 6 years of use by excited young campers. The group does not pay for our equipment so we need to fund it ourselves. We’d rather do it painlessly this way than have to start thinking about sponsored walks etc so please pass on the fundraising links to your friends and family so that everybody can help. See our fundraising page for all the details.
Holiday bookings are good earners for us and can make a world of difference so do remember to click through or to activate the donation when booking online. Also, if you are shopping at Amazon, Ebay, Hotels.com or Expedia do take a moment to read the guide to make sure that your donations count as you have to approach them differently.

Gift Aid
The group can benefit from Gift Aid from your Subs and also Easyfundraising donations. To make sure that we get gift aid on Subs you will need to complete a separate gift aid declaration – we will send you one from My Scout in the next few days. Unfortunately this does not link up with Easyfundrasing but when you register your account you can include gift aid too. If you already have an Easyfundraising account then just pop along to the Gift Aid settings under “My Account”. You just need to complete your address and tick a box. Easy.

Group news
The group now has its own Facebook page. If you’d like to see what messages are being posted then search for “1st Billingshurst Scouts”. We hope that you have already “liked” the Parbrook Cub Pack page.
The Guides hope that you remembered to save your stamps from all the Christmas cards that you received. There is a box in the kitchen for you to leave your donations.

Not just kid’s stuff

We’re very grateful to all our leaders and parent helpers for the support that you give us. We couldn’t do it without you.

We’ve always got room for extra regular helpers, so if you’d like to take a more active role in our pack just ask. We give a few ideas of roles on our join us page. We have jobs to suit all time commitments. Your skills and new ideas could be just what we need and you would hopefully find that you enjoy it too.


Occasional helpers

If you think that you might like to help it is best to get the paperwork out of the way. You can start the process by completing our online form. The details get sent to our Group Scout Leader who will then be in touch to guide you through the rest of the process.

Uniformed leaders

The paperwork for you is a bit more tricky. You need to complete a more complicated form. We currently only have it as a PDF but you should be able to complete it online, save it and e-mail it back to us. Alternatively, print it out and complete it the traditional way.

Remember that Cubs is not just kids stuff.

Autumn term update

As usual we have a lot going so here are some updates

October pack meetings

  • There will be no Cubs on 24 October. Although we normally meet in Half Term we are giving it a miss this year. With the current forecast it will probably be wet and windy anyway so maybe not the best time to go to the woods.
  • Our planned visit to Pets at Home that was due to take place on 31 October has been postponed until the new year. We needed additional adult helpers to make up for a number of leaders that were unavailable but sadly only one parent came forward. We won’t be meeting at all that week

Help wanted
There have been a number of evenings this term where we have identified that we need additional adults. We had hoped that by just targetting the weeks where help is most needed and making it easy to sign up using My Scout we would get the helpers that we needed. At the moment we still have gaps for the poppy cash counting evening on 14 November. Don’t leave it to the usual faces – just pop along to My Scout, click on the programme tab and click on the red “I can help” button to sign up.

Home safety badge
Last week we did most of the work required to complete the home safety badge. We sent everybody home with a “useful numbers” form that needs to be completed and returned to us. We have already had a number returned so well done if that includes yours.

Parbrook numbers
Last week we invested 4 new members who all did very well saying their Law and Promise. This has now taken our numbers above 30 and very close to our maximum number which is 32. Although we lose two of our eldest members in December we have another 2 Beavers to come up after half term and more after Christmas. As you’ll have noticed, the hall seems very full and it can get quite noisy. We are fortunate this term to have our three young leaders who have each been managing one of the sixes. However, with 2 of them on D of E work it is likely that we will lose them after Chistmas. This leaves us in a difficult position.
We have decided that until Easter 2018 we will restrict new joiners to just those Beavers that we have already offered a place (because they have a brother or sister already with us). All other Beavers and any new starters will be directed to the Wednesday night Dauxwood pack as they currently have about 15 members.

Activities to do at home
With us about to have a 2 week break from Cubs there are still things that you can do at home.

Other reminders
We still have a few Subs outstanding for the Autumn Term. Those that were invested last week only need to pay us a half term but for everybody else the full £35 is due. Remember to pay us via online banking – our bank details can be found in the “notices” tab of “My Scout”.
We now have 16 Cubs on the list for our night at the museum and then activity day at the hall on 1 & 2 December. We have to confirm final numbers to the museum shortly so if you are still thinking about coming please get your reply in quickly. Again the booking can be made on “My Scout” and everybody who has not yet confirmed will have had an automated chaser message with a link to the event which was sent out on 14 October.

Group fundraising

There are a number of fundraising events that are coming up to raise money for Billinsghurst Scout and Guide group funds

Billingshurst Fireworks – Saturday 21 October
The group will again be doing the teas at the fireworks. Fortunately they are fully staffed with Guide parents but donations of cakes to sell on the night would still be welcome. These can either be delivered to Sally MacPherson or to our GSL, Zoe Jenkins, at the hall on Friday evening during the Downlands Scout meeting (6.30pm to 8pm)

Bag packing at Tesco – Saturday 18 November
The Scouts and Guides will be bag packing at Tesco in Pulborough all day on 18 November. Although no Parbrook leaders are available, Cubs are welcome to join Dauxwood Cubs between 1300 and 1500 although there will be leaders there throughout the day. Cubs should be in uniform.

Billifest – Saturday 2 December
The weekend of our night at the museum camp sees the Billifest taking place in the High Street and Jengers Mead. The group is again running the refreshment stall. While this is under the watchful eye of Helen Pullen, she has asked for additional helpers to drop in and give her a break from time to time. In addition to selling refreshments the Billifest is also a useful showcase for the group and we hope that we might even find a few new leaders at the same time.

Monthly fun draw
The Group Exec is again running its monthly fun draw as a fundraiser for Scouts and Guides. Subscriptions of £10 per number must be paid by 22 October so that the first draw can take place at the Exec meeting at the end of the month. The monthly prize is £10 although there are two months with a £25 prize. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from http ://www . 1stbillingshurst . org . uk/fundraw2017 . pdf

Used postage stamps
The Guides continue to collect used postage stamps. There is a box in the kitchen where you can leave your donations. 

 

Report: Pack meeting at the fire station

On 17 October 2017 we held our pack meeting at Billingshurst fire station.

The fire fighters welcomed us to the briefing room. We discussed the sort of incidents that the fire brigade attend, the importance of smoke alarms, tips for making a 999 call and the importance of a regularly checked smoke detector and knowing your escape route.

Then it was into smaller groups for a tour of the fire engine and a chance to try on the protective gear. We has a chance to try out the hose before returning to the briefing room where the BEAT responders were meeting. They gave us a demonstration of the defibrillator and the chance to practice resuscitation.

As you will see from the pictures, Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

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Click to see more photos from the fire station

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from our meetings while we are there.

We’re grateful to Station 49 and the BEAT Responders for making it such a great evening. Photos provided by Jacala and Tabaqui